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Israeli prime minister defends settlement building ahead of visit by US Secretary of State
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, November 4, 2013 4:28 AM EST
Israel's prime minister is defending plans to build hundreds of new housing units in areas Palestinians demand for their future state.
The official quoted the prime minister as saying during the meeting that "the Palestinians knew we would build in the course of the negotiations" and that they seek to create "an artificial crisis."
The official, who attended the meeting, spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because he wasn't allowed to discuss the issue.
Palestinians were angered by Israel marketing the 1,500 housing units it announced last week.